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Lee

Farmington Hills, MI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Brava, Valentine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novels, called “dazzling”* and “tiramisu for the soul,” are beloved by millions of readers around the world. From the Big Stone Gap series to Lucia, Lucia, each is a sumptuous treat as Trigiani tells hilarious and romantic stories that we want to return to again and again.

    Taryn says: "You have to understand NY Italians"
    "Chick lit gone awry"
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Such a disappointing read. The story was tedious and overly long.....more than 11 hours. Probably 3 hours of actual plot and the remaining time spent musing over lost love, to-love-or-not-to-love, career vs. love, family, friendship, etc. Felt like chick lit trying to be a literary experience. Have enjoyed the author's previous books. Not sure I will attempt another one.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1549)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "An unforgettable experience"
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    One of the best audio books I've come across. A beautifully written story with two amazing reading performances. The subject matter was not always an easy listen, but it was always engrossing. The events at Terezin had a realistic feel, so I was not surprised to learn that many characters in the story had actually existed. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3762)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1503)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Not for everyone (not for me)"
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    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    No


    What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

    Expected much more humor; across a variety of topics


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Sedaris’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The short story format was the best attribute


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the subject matter was uncomfortable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2655)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Such a disappointment"
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    There's a chance this might be a decent story, but we'll never know. The over-the-top dramatic narration reduces the story to barely tolerable. Couldn't wait for it to end. Perhaps the narrator should have read a little Myron Bolitar before he took on the Jack Fisher character. Take a pass on this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (1471)
    Story
    (1470)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "A first rate story with a superb narrator"
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    What an enjoyable experience. A well-written book with likeable characters. The plot revolves around the search for a missing person and was well-paced and absorbing. And as good as the story is, the narrator is even better. One of the best I've heard...with an extraordinary handling of the Danish accents. Hope there are more Department Q books to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1228)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Absorbing read"
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    This was my first book by Joshilyn Jackson....what a great experience. I found the story and characters compelling. I was hooked immediately. The author does an outstanding job of reading and interpreting her own book. But I was even more taken with the quality of Ms. Jackson's writing. The story is related in turns by three different characters and each was distinctive and authentic. Ms. Jackson has a real gift for the 'turn of a phrase' and never had a single throwaway sentence in hours of listening. I will be looking for other books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes and the Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (344)

    Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane - and he has his own problems.

    Sharon11675 says: "Ditzy Agnes?"
    "totally enjoyable"
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    I found this to be a really fun, light read. It had a great sense of humor. Am surprised at the negative comments on the narration. I thought the narrator perfectly complemented the story. It's a great book to bring with you on your daily walk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (563)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "Outstanding narration"
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    Great ride. Enjoyed the flash forward and flash back techniques. Narrator was one of the best; captured the characters really well. As usual, includes suspense and wit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down to the Wire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Matt Wolfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    As a small-town reporter for the Bergen News, Chris Turley could never measure up to his father, Edward--one of the last great investigative journalists. With his father's legend ever-present, Chris dreams of his own Pulitzer, as he bides his time covering press conferences and town hall meetings. Then one day his fortunes turn.

    Kaye E Steeno says: "Good"
    "Disappointing"
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    Love the Andy Carpenter series with its wit and intelligence and likeable characters. Can't quite believe this is the same author. The story lacks heart and depth and the writing is unadorned. Another serial killer plotline with a revolting bad guy doing random, revolting killing. What's to enjoy?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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